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Murray was 29-for-36 passing for 400 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions during Sunday's 34-33 win against the Vikings. He added five carries for 31 yards and another score on the ground.
Analysis: Murray is putting everything together in his third NFL campaign, accounting for nine total TDs through two games (seven passing, two on the ground). The Cardinals seem to have settled on a tight rotation in the skill positions, with six players accounting for Murray's attention through the air (each one had at least four targets). His scoring strikes went for 15 (DeAndre Hopkins), 77 (Rondale Moore) and nine yards (A.J. Green), while Murray's rushing TD came from 12 yards out. Murray's Week 2 performance wasn't perfect by any means, as he tossed a pick-six on the second offensive play of the second half. But he more than made up for it elsewhere, and he'll look to keep up the momentum with a Week 3 road matchup against a weak Jaguars defense.
Sep 19, 2021 5:01 PM EST
Murray completed 21 of 32 passes for 289 yards, four touchdowns and one interception at Tennessee on Sunday. He added 20 yards and a fifth touchdown rushing.
Analysis: Murray directed a highly efficient showing for wideouts DeAndre Hopkins (six catches for 83 yards and two touchdowns on eight targts), Christian Kirk (five catches for 70 yards and two touchdowns on five targets) and rookie second-round pick Rondale Moore (four catches for 68 yards on five targets). A.J. Green was less effective (two catches for 25 yards on six targets), but it still seems safe to say the new-look Arizona offense could be even more potent than the 2020 one. Although the Minnesota defense will pose more of a pass-rushing threat in Week 2 than the Titans did Sunday, the Vikings cornerback rotation might be thin enough for Murray to capitalize.
Sep 12, 2021 1:27 PM EST
Coach Kliff Kingsburry said Thursday that Murray won't suit up for Saturday's exhibition finale against the Saints, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Murray played two possessions during last weekend's preseason game against the Chiefs, but the Cardinals will now opt to preserve the franchise quarterback for Week 1. "[Murray is] ready to go," Kingsburry said. It wouldn't be surprising to see Arizona hold an number of other starters out as well Saturday. With Murray on the bench, Colt McCoy and Chris Streveler are set helm the offense against New Orleans.
Aug 26, 2021 10:43 AM EST
Murray completed one of four passes for two yards and rushed once for eight yards in the Cardinals' 17-10 preseason loss to the Chiefs on Friday night. He also fumbled once, but it was recovered by the offense.
Analysis: Heading into the contest, conventional wisdom was Murray would be used sparingly, and that's precisely what came to pass. Murray ultimately played on the first two possessions and took two sacks on his final drive, fumbling on a hit by Chris Jones but not turning the ball over. The stilted performance naturally has no bearing on Murray's regular-season prospects, which remain significantly elevated given his arsenal of pass-catching weapons.
Aug 20, 2021 8:13 PM EST
Murray is expected to play in Friday's preseason game against the Chiefs, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Murray's eventual workload remains to be seen, but it doesn't sound like it'll be more than one or two possessions, with the quarterback noting he'll log "some snaps" Friday. Assuming he does suit up, the appearance likely will be the only one for the third-year pro during exhibition season.
Aug 18, 2021 2:55 PM EST
Murray is unlikely to play in Friday's preseason contest against the Cowboys, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Despite coach Kliff Kingsbury saying Murray would get in some snaps Friday, the quarterback is in street clothes just minutes before kickoff. Assuming Murray does sit out, Colt McCoy and Chris Streveler will handle QB duties for the Cardinals.
Aug 13, 2021 6:42 PM EST
Murray isn't going through pregame warmups before Friday's preseason game against the Cowboys, meaning he may not see the field, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Earlier this week, coach Kliff Kingsbury said Murray would "play some" in the Cardinals' exhibition opener, but that may have been a bluff. If Murray doesn't play Friday, the team will roll with Colt McCoy and Chris Streveler under center.
Aug 13, 2021 6:26 PM EST
Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Murray will play in Friday's preseason game against the Cowboys, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: With the preseason schedule down to three games, it's possible more teams will play starters in their respective openers. In any case, Murray likely will play only a series or two Friday night.
Aug 9, 2021 12:50 PM EST
Murray believes his running ability "should be a luxury" for the Arizona offense, rather than a crucial component the way it was last season, ESPN.com's Josh Weinfuss reports.
Analysis: Fantasy managers were thrilled with his 133/819/11 rushing line, a big step forward after Murray put up 93/544/4 as a rookie. He hopes the team won't need him to run quite as much moving forward, in part because it's harder to do so when he's banged up. Murray does have a little more help in the pass-catching department this year, with the Cardinals bringing in 33-year-old A.J. Green and rookie second-round pick Rondale Moore, while James Conner replaces Kenyan Drake (LVR) in the backfield. The hope is to create a more balanced offense, after last year's attack largely relied on Murray's legs and DeAndre Hopkins' hands. That's not the worst formula, but a more versatile offense could improve Murray's passing efficiency, perhaps making up for any lost rushing volume.
Jul 2, 2021 1:25 PM EST
Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday that Murray (ankle) is still limping but won't require offseason surgery, Katherine Fitzgerald of The Arizona Republic reports.
Analysis: Murray managed to retake the field despite injuring his ankle during Sunday's 18-7 loss to the Rams, but he was clearly still hobbled upon returning in the fourth quarter. That the second-year pro won't require surgery should bode well for his chances of making a full recovery in time for Arizona's offseason program. The 23-year-old emerged as a bonafide fantasy superstar this season, in no small part due to the 819 rushing yards and 11 scores he accumulated on the ground. Murray also took a step forward as a passer, racking up 3,971 yards through the air and a 26:12 TD:INT across 16 contests.
Jan 4, 2021 11:17 AM EST
Murray (ankle) completed eight of 11 passes for 87 yards while rushing for three yards on a pair of carries during Sunday's 18-7 loss to the Rams.
Analysis: Murray had to exit Sunday's contest after absorbing a sack from Los Angeles' Morgan Fox on the opening drive, and he didn't retake the field until the 14:21 mark of the fourth quarter. Powering through his ankle injury, the first-time Pro Bowler demonstrated toughness in attempting to lead his team back in a must-win situation. Murray and the Cardinals' offense couldn't muster any scores over his final three drives, however, with the team's only trip inside Los Angeles' 40-yard line resulting in a blocked field-goal attempt. As Arizona bows out of the season with an 8-8 record and no playoff appearance, Murray boasts a 26:12 TD:INT with 3,971 passing yards. The 23-year-old's 819 rushing yards and 11 rushing scores stand as elite totals among quarterbacks as he enters his third year under contract with the Cardinals in 2021.
Jan 3, 2021 4:41 PM EST
Murray (ankle) returned to Sunday's contest against the Rams.
Analysis: After Murray injured his ankle on the first drive of the game, he spent most of the next three quarters in the locker room, on the sideline throwing passes and operating a stationary bike while Chris Streveler generated seven points on the next eight possessions. Murray will look to put together a comeback effort.
Jan 3, 2021 3:48 PM EST
Murray suffered an ankle injury during Sunday's road game versus the Rams, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Murray emerged from Week 16 with what was termed a lower leg issue, and he now has left the regular-season finale with an injury in that region. He's questionable to return, but if he doesn't rejoin his teammates on the field, Chris Streveler will lead the Cardinals offense.
Jan 3, 2021 1:43 PM EST
Murray (undisclosed) went to the locker room during Sunday's road game against the Rams, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Murray hobbled off the field, which may indicate he aggravated the lower leg injury that he sustained Week 16 against the 49ers. While Murray's status is unknown, the Cardinals will hand over the keys to the offense to his backup Chris Streveler.
Jan 3, 2021 1:40 PM EST
Murray (leg) practiced in full Wednesday, Katherine Fitzgerald of The Arizona Republic reports.
Analysis: During the portion of Wednesday's practice open to the media, Murray participated in a scrambling drill, a good sign as he works through the lower leg injury he suffered this past Saturday versus the 49ers. He proceeded to do enough for him to log an uncapped session, setting him up to helm the Cardinals offense, per usual, Sunday against the Rams in L.A. In three career matchups against them, Murray has averaged 220.3 passing yards per game, tossed five touchdowns versus four interceptions and turned 11 carries into 43 yards and one TD.
Dec 30, 2020 3:50 PM EST
Murray (lower leg) expects to suit up Sunday against the Rams in L.A., Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Murray managed some reps at Wednesday's practice, taking part in a scrambling drill, according to Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site. Wednesday's injury report will reveal how much work Murray was able to handle, but he appears to be putting himself in a position to play this weekend after sustaining a lower leg issue this past Saturday against the 49ers.
Dec 30, 2020 11:03 AM EST
Murray (lower leg) is participating in the portion of Wednesday's practice open to the media, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Murray was spotted taking reps during a scrambling drill, a hint that the lower leg injury he sustained last weekend is at least not a severe issue. How well the star signal-caller holds up in weekly practices will no doubt play a major role in determining his availability for Sunday's must-win road game against the Rams.
Dec 30, 2020 9:32 AM EST
Murray (lower leg) is expected to participate in practice Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Murray suffered what appeared to be a significant lower leg injury on the final drive of last weekend's loss to the 49ers, but coach Kliff Kingsbury has since said that he's "hopeful" the second-year signal-caller will be available Week 17. If Murray is indeed able to handle at least limited reps to begin the practice week, it will bode well for his chances of facing the Rams on Sunday.
Dec 30, 2020 9:03 AM EST
Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday that he's "hopeful" Murray (lower leg) will "be in position to play" against the Rams in Week 17, Kevin Zimmerman of ArizonaSports.com reports.
Analysis: Kingsbury didn't provide more specifics of Murray's injury, per Zimmerman, other than calling it a lower leg issue. The second-year pro suffered the injury on the final drive of Saturday's 20-12 loss to the 49ers, and though it initially appeared worrisome, it now looks like he's avoided a severed issue. Arizona requires a win over the Rams on Sunday for any chance of getting into the playoffs, so Murray will no doubt do his best to suit up. Of course, if he's not at full health it could impede his vaunted scrambling abilities.
Dec 28, 2020 11:14 AM EST
Murray (leg), who suffered an injury on the last drive of Saturday's 20-12 loss to the 49ers and stayed down for several moments, is expected to be okay, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Analysis: Murray was leg-whipped and appeared to be in some pain before being helped off the field by teammates and staff, though he stayed on the sideline rather than going to the locker room. Before the injury, he struggled while completing 31 of 50 pass attempts for 247 yards (4.9 yards per attempt) with one interception and no touchdowns. He added 75 yards on eight carries but also took three sacks in this disappointing performance. Murray will certainly undergo testing over the next couple of days to determine the severity of the issue, but as of right now he should be expected to suit up for next Sunday's regular-season finale against the Rams.
Dec 26, 2020 6:07 PM EST
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